The first Masters Tour event of the year took place last weekend with almost 400 players battling it out in an online tournament. You can re-live the action with our spoiler-free post below. We also featured an in-depth look at the entire competitive field, with a special focus on the new cards:


Top 8 Decklists

These decks carried their respective pilots to the final eight.

Top 8

DeadDraw's Decks

0 6940 6940 300 0
0 3800 3800 298 0
0 9800 9800 525 0

deads17's Decks

0 8360 8360 388 0
0 13200 13200 289 0
0 12320 12320 344 0

JPmixter's Decks

0 5640 5640 223 0
0 10220 10220 255 0
0 8100 8100 248 0

Judgement's Decks

0 3900 3900 271 0
0 4740 4740 322 0
0 10720 10720 275 0

LoveStorm's Decks

0 4220 4220 439 0
0 3180 3180 322 0
0 5580 5580 408 0

lunaloveee's Decks

0 6820 6820 228 0
0 10720 10720 275 0

Unknown's Decks

0 8320 8320 304 0
0 6040 6040 256 0
0 5600 5600 364 0
0 3860 3860 241 0

Youth's Decks

0 9760 9760 295 0
0 4680 4680 249 0
0 7120 7120 171 0
0 8860 8860 277 0


VoDs

You can find the VoDs of the three days of competition below, with timestamps provided by HSEsports.

Day 1:

Day 1 Timestamps

Day 2 :

Day 2 Timestamps

Day 3:

Day 3 Timestamps


Results

You can find out how the Top 8 single-elimination bracket played out within the spoiler below. The preceding Swiss results can be found on Battlefy.

Top 8 Results


Recap

The lineups for the tournament were unusually varied when looking at OffCurve's stats: Shaman and Druid are neck and neck as the most popular picks, with the latter having a lot of variance in archetypes as well. At the other end of the spectrum Paladin has fallen a bit behind, but despite being the least popular, Uther got almost 60 picks. Based on the archetype winrates the best decks of the tournament were Ramp Druid, Questline Fel Demon Hunter, and Quest Rogue, all exceeding 55% with a clear margin to other decks. As for the class performance, Battlefy's stats show that Demon Hunters were the clear winners (55% WR) whereas Warriors did not perform too well (46% WR); however, Control Warrior was also the most popular deck ban which has had its effect on that piece of winrate data.

Result-based Discussion

Despite the tournament schedule being rather unpleasant for Europeans, top 16 was once again Europe-heavy. UK had the best collective performance with three players in top 8: Unknown in his very first Masters Tour event, DeadDraw as one of the most consistent performers out there, and Judgement who was building on his impressive performance back in Masters Tour Silvermoon.

However, the grand prize eluded all of them as the Chinese JrsLoveStorm was able to take home the victory with his unique lineup after beating his compatriot Youth in quarterfinals, Brazil's first semifinalist JPmixter in semifinals, and Judgement in the grand final. This meant that JrsLoveStorm also managed to become a rare #1 seed winner as he had won the Swiss portion with a perfect 8-0 record, bringing his tournament total to 12-0.

(Game 5 of his semifinal (SF #1) is definitely worth the watch and showcases why he deserved the victory.)


Hearthstone esports year continues with Grandmasters 2022 Season 1 beginning later this month!